There’s a lot of attention on California millennials these days — in case the news got buried in your Twitter feed, there’s a primary in less than a month. All the stories and research say California millennials are either hoping to make America great again or feeling the Bern (neither of which sounds very appealing at face value).
It’s been obvious throughout the primary season that millennials aren’t going for Hillary, and now that Ted is out of the race it doesn’t matter much on the dark side. Sure, Paul Ryan is courting the crap out of you in a way that is somehow creepier than the sight of him working out, yet he insists he’s not running for president (note: don’t believe politicians). Hillary certainly isn’t helping herself when she says things like this, and her husband says things like this.
So that leaves the senator from the great state of Vermont and that orange-toned guy who screwed people over to get rich. Should be an easy choice, but the problem is they’re actually very similar — when you take away all the terrible things Donald Trump says about people.
Both are political outsiders — even though Bernie Sanders has been in some sort of elected office longer than the millennial generation has existed, he’s considered to be on the fringes of Washington. And apparently their millennial supporters in California have similar values. Take this little story from the LA Daily News:
They were strangers waiting in line at the Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa last week, four millennials equally divided in their support for the Republican real estate mogul and Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders.
They chatted about student loan debt, terrorism and illegal immigration as the line to enter the Pacific Amphitheatre inched forward. Climate change and gun control were on the agenda, too.
Trump supporters Brianna Collins and her twin sister, Sydney Collins, support gun ownership but are open to more background checks. Chuck Valdez, a Sanders voter, agreed with the sisters that climate change is happening, but it’s not a ticking time bomb. They all agreed with Paul Pearce, a Sanders supporter, that there was too much money in politics. Then they all decided to go get pizza together.
Pizza diplomacy. Maybe that’s the ticket.
What this exchange really shows is that millennials are smarter than everyone outside their generation thinks they are. Instead of arguing like old farts, they decided to listen to each other. We’re downright impressed.
This basically shows that millennials are the most discerning voters when it comes to bullshit. When Hillary says she feels sorry for young people, she’s really just mad that they don’t like her tired message — the same rhetoric that got Obama elected twice. If she hopes to have any chance in California in June, she needs to figure out how to relate to millennials (we know, it’s about as likely as Trump becoming president … oh, wait).
People aged 18 to 29 in California prefer Bernie by 77 percent, according to an April Field Poll taken among Democratic and no-party-affiliation voters. And among those 30 to 39 years old, which covers older millennials and younger Gen Xers, Hillary trails Bernie by 15 points.
KQED has a nice refresher on how California awards delegates. But the fact of the matter is California’s primary will shape the general election — meaning millennials in the state can basically elect the next president of the United States in June. Vote wisely, friends.